How to Stretch the Psoas Muscle

By
Jonathon FitzGordon
mature couple walking which is great exercise and also good for the psoas muscle

If you read my previous article, I hope you have a sense of where the psoas muscle is. Since it is deep in your core, many exercises help you stretch the psoas.
 
More important than exercise, every well-executed step is a spinal twist and, therefore, a psoas stretch on the opposite side. Even every breath we take—and again, I have to emphasize that it needs to be a well-executed breath—helps you stretch the psoas. Bend over to tie your shoes? You got it—a psoas stretch.

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